Racecaller. Occasional harness driver
"After 16 years in the job, I still enjoy my role as much as ever. You never quite know what you’ll get from day to day at the country races. It might be the debut run of a horse which goes on to greatness, or something unpredictably bizarrre or funny. Our audience is after timely information and accuracy in the daily broadcast. I look forward to continuing bringing these race descriptions to our audience in the years ahead."
Racecaller. TV host.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an ambition to be a world class race caller. After calling my first race at Alexandra at the age of 15, I got my big break in 2005 when approached by the industry television station TVN. Since then I’ve developed into a caller who I hope is exciting and accurate, as well as an on-camera host and form analyst. I look back on calling So You Think winning a Cox Plate, and several of Black Caviar's triumphs, as career highlights so far. That’s along with opportunities to commentate races in Singapore and the UK. When I’m not calling races for RSN, you can find me hosting the service on TVN.”
Sports journalist. Broadcaster. Sports punter.
"Simply, I eat, breathe and sleep sport! It’s taken me around the country, and around the world. I know I’m lucky to have a job where I jump out of bed every morning excited to attack the day ahead - even if it is at 4am! As a passionate sports journalist and broadcaster for well over a decade, I think I’ve got an understanding of the way all games are played on the field, and the news and issues that shape sport off the field. I take my responsibility very seriously, because I want to be the voice of the sports fan.
I also back myself to tip winners in almost any sport. With a proven track record and loyal support from our RSN listeners, I have no greater satisfaction than steering our listeners into a winner. Rest assured, if I’ve tipped it on the radio, I’ve backed it myself! I also love racing. My father was once in the racing media and I’d follow him around the tracks all over Victoria. I remember countless Saturday nights with Dad at Moonee Valley, watching the horses, and the journos, many of whom I work with now! I’ve owned gallopers and pacers and never get sick of the thrill the sport has to offer. I am privileged to play such an important role over the Spring Carnival each year with the station that has provided the best and most comprehensive coverage for decades."
Ego Hour member. Veteran jockey. Commentator.
“From an accomplished gymnast at the age of nine to my first race ride at the age of 16. Wow…what a thrill! I was hooked, because that same day I met Lester Piggott and I’ve never looked back. These days I enjoy my media work as well as teaching young apprentices. I still like to analyse a race – mind you, a little differently from when I rode. I love being part of the Ego Hour, as half of ‘Alfie and Ralphy’ from 9 till 10 on Monday mornings.. Have a listen - it’s lots of fun, but we are not afraid to tackle the serious issues when we need to. We’ll help you understand racing and give you a few laughs along the way.”
RSN and Sky Racing reporter. News hound.
Racing is a game that is basically 24/7 and as hard as it is to keep up, I thrive on chasing down that elusive story in each of the three codes. From my very early days, I always wanted to work on radio, so I rate myself as a very fortunate person being able to combine my love for radio and racing. When I started in radio in Charleville in outback Queensland over 30 years ago, I first met Peter Moody, now I rate him a good friend and I think that's what racing's all about. When you have it in your blood, you can't help but be swept away.
There's nothing better than cracking a good story and to be able to present that on RSN and Sky Racing Television, the heart certainly keeps pumping.
Racing journalist. Correct Weight co-host.
"To me, horse racing has it all - from the excitement and glamour of Group racing, to the joy and pride involved when someone wins a race at the grassroots level. My earliest racing memory is being at a country race meeting in New South Wales. My dad was Secretary of the racing clubs at Forbes, Wagga and Bendigo, and later in Northen Victoria. I’d tag along with him to meetings in towns like St. Arnaud, Donald, and yes, Manangatang. When I secured a cadetship at the Bendigo Advertiser, I was given the racing round (as no one else knew much about it) and I simply loved it. From there I joined the old Sun News-Pictorial as a racing writer. In 1987 I moved to The Age, where I have been Chief Racing Writer for the past 13 years."
Sports Overnight and Allsports host. Passionate sportsfan.
The racing and sporting world is busy day and night, around the globe. For a start, there’s our international racing coverage, which can take us to the UK and mainland Europe, over to South Africa, and to the Asian venues like Singapore and Hong Kong, not forgetting the Western Australian racing which lights up the early hours. I’m always excited being in the studio, crossing to so many locations – it’s like travelling the globe without a passport! We’ve also got all the live sport to keep watch on, from English Football to PGA golf. And now, when dawn breaks, we’ve got - Allsports. You can catch it on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 5am, as we wrap up the overnight sports news and set up our listeners for the day’s sport to come."
Sports Overnight Host.
I can call myself a country boy, because I’ve spent most of my life in regional Victoria, beginning my radio career as an afternoon presenter on 3BA Ballarat. Lured by the city lights, I joined RSN in 2010, working in Production, and on-air as a host of the racing service. But I haven’t given up on the delights of country living, making the nightly commute from Ballarat to present Sports Overnight. My passions include radio and the mighty Dees, and I’ll travel just about anywhere to watch and be part of a good sporting contest.
Harness analyst. Pro-punter. On-Line Presenter.
“I’ve now been a devoted harness follower for over forty years, the last thirty professionally. The last twenty of those have been as a professional punter, and the last ten years as a media analyst, without any other financial support! I’m dedicated to finding value-priced winners for the RSN listener.
PS: My ‘Glover On-Line’ reports have been rather profitable for punters, finding an abundance of winners at value prices.
Racecaller. Rising star.
“I have been attending race meetings for as long as I can remember, and race-calling was my dream job from a very young age. Racing is my passion; from the glitz and glamour of the Spring, to the thrills and excitment of jumps racing in the winter. Nothing compares to the enjoyment I get out of racing. It’s a privilege to be a part of the RSN team, bringing listeners the best coverage of racing from across the state.”
Racing journalist. Associate Producer ‘Racing Ahead’, ‘Winners’. Producer ‘On The Punt’. WA on-line reporter.
I fondly remember my first wager: a 50 cent each-way bet on Subzero to win the 1992 Melbourne Cup. From there, I was hooked. Every chance I could get I’d follow my dad and grandfather to trackwork at Flemington or to the local TAB. After VCE I headed to TAFE to study sports management, but I soon decided it wasn’t for me. In fact, I spent more time in the TAB than class! That was when I decided to pursue my passion for racing. I landed my first job as a writer for The WATC Club in 2005, then joined the Thoroughbred Express newspaper in 2007. It was there that I honed my craft of form analysis and the study of bloodstock sale catalogues. There was a brief stopover in the Media Department at The Victoria Racing Club for a Melbourne Cup Carnival. In late 2010 I moved into my current Producer roles at RSN.
Racing host. Radio veteran.
I’m the racing and general sports nut who was destined to end up at a sport station, now racking up my 20th year as a host of the National Racing Service. Growing up, Mum and I listened to the races – now she listens to me, so the pressure is always on! Every afternoon I’m part of a team that aims to give you the best possible coverage of the day’s racing, in all three codes around the country, with all the information you want before and after each event.
Racenet speedmap analyst. Queensland form expert.
“I caught the racing bug when the first-ever bet I placed came in. It was on Kingston Rule in the 1990 Melbourne Cup. After thinking 'how easy is this!' I spent the next few years learning what not to do!. The past four and a half years I’ve been covering Queensland racing for Racenet.com.au, providing form guide comments, ratings and tips.
I’m new to radio having started with the RSN team of Nadia & Matt in Feb 2012, and I’m really excited about being able to bring to radio the hard work I put in for Racenet. From Townsville in the North all the way to Ipswich in the South, Queensland racing has plenty to offer with consistent big fields and genuine pace in most races, so the form holds pretty true. I hope you can jump on board as my journey into radio continues as I’ll be tipping plenty of winners along the way."
Leading thoroughbred analyst. Form student. On-line presenter.
“I’ve been tipping on the races nearly all my life. I started young, tipping on every venue in the morning paper before a day at primary school, then coming home and checking the results. Now, I’m still tipping, but my approach is much more professional! It takes countless hours of form study to understand the capabilities of every horse competing, and what chance they have under the prevailing conditions. The ‘On-Line’ reports allow me to take into account factors like track bias, track conditions and betting trends. I’m not happy if the tips don’t steer listeners towards the winners. After all, I’m a punter too."
International tennis correspondent.
“I travel the world for seven to eight months of the year chasing the tennis circuit and the players. I can’t deny it looks like a glamorous life, catching planes and staying in grand hotels. But behind the scenes, there are long hours and a lot of hard work. And when a day’s play ends, the job really starts. Often you’re on call round the clock and you’ve got to sound awake, reporting to stations around the globe. As well as the broadcast work, I’m a Media Director at many events and work directly with players like Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and Alexander Dolgopolov. I’ve lived in four countries, but I’m glad to call Sydney home, that is, when I’m not heading off to another tournament!”
Racecaller. Harness racing enthusiast.
“I first started working in radio in Queensland when I joined 4TAB at the age of 17. I was there for eleven years, starting off by managing the scratching information and recording races, then getting my chance on-air. I finally worked my way up to be a Racing Service Co-ordinator, before getting my chance to come down south and work with Harness Racing Victoria and RSN in 2005. The best horse I’ve seen would have to be Christian Cullen, but I've always had a great admiration for Courage Under Fire, and more recently for the champion Victorian Smoken Up.”
Chief Harness racecaller.
“I’ve called for television and radio, both thoroughbred and harness races, from the big city meetings to country events. My role is to be accurate with the call, and to excite the listener about what I’m seeing. I love calling the great races and the great horses.”
Supreme form analyst. Esteemed by punters.
“I’ve enjoyed a lifetime in racing. I grew up on stud farms, then moved into the owning and training of racehorses, the management of jockeys, and trackwork-clocking for the media, before settling into my current role as form analyst and commentator. My aim at RSN is to give punters that one percent of information that could make their raceday a winning day. Modern day punters are very savvy, well informed and opinionated, so if my lifetime of experience in racing can add something to their knowledge in their quest to back a winner, then I’m doing my job.”
Priest. Counsellor. Host of Family Counsellor Program.
Father Gerard can still remember being called in to the old 3UZ late on a Sunday night to host the very first Family Counsellor Program. That was nearly 39 years ago, and the program has been on-air continuously ever since, which must be an Australian broadcasting record. Fr Gerard still gets immense satisfaction from listening to callers in their times of joy or need, and helping where he can. The rest of the week, Fr Gerard is a parish Priest, a Counsellor with Catholic Care, and official historian for the North Melbourne Football Club.
Australia's Leading Racecaller.
“I started my calling career at the ABC, taking over from legendary broadcaster Joe Brown in 1981. After a stint with Skychannel I took over the senior racecalling reins at RSN, and now I’m calling all Melbourne metropolitan races, not just for radio, but also on-course, and also across television platforms. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have called 31 Melbourne Cups.”
Racenet’s speed map creator and analyst. NSW form expert.
“I’m a punter first, punter second and punter third, and I don’t get overly involved with the politics of racing. My speed maps on Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane racing have been publicly available for almost a decade and they’ve stood the test of time. I believe that pace and positioning in races aren’t given the consideration they deserve, and that track bias is an over-used term. After years of heading to the track, I know I can analyse races far more efficiently from my racing office thanks to today’s brilliant radio and TV coverage.”
HRV’s Good Form Analyst.
As Jason tells it : “Legend has it my first bet was on Kiwi to win the Melbourne Cup way back in 1983. But it was another 15 years before Channel 31 made me fall in love with the Trots. “I loved everything about it - a sport full of human characters and equine legends that raced on year after year and became like trusted friends. As a form analyst I rely on many of the tools I picked up as a young thoroughbred fan like speed maps, sectionals, video replays and ratings, and I’m rapt to say today that the intellectual property developed from a misspent youth has helped inspire the Good Form punting platform. “I hope RSN listeners enjoy our new “Game Plan” format for the Victorian trots. You can follow Michael Polster and me on Harness Racing Victoria’s religiously updated Good Form blog.”
Newsman. Sports reporter.
“I’ve been a Radio Journalist, News Director and Sports Presenter on Melbourne radio all my working life - I don’t want to do anything else! Right now, RSN is a very exciting place to be, as we get to air the latest racing news, sport and general news that we know our listeners want. I’ve got no doubt that racing can attract many new fans, and with the team at RSN, we’re dedicated to meeting that challenge. It’s a great time to listen our radio station, because we work hard and have a bit of fun, and I think that comes across!”
Racing host. Weekday specialist.
“Racing has always been a part of my life. I grew up listening to the legendary calls of Bill Collins and Bert Bryant, and I vividly recall the first day I went to the races as a young boy. The colour, excitement and never ending drama of the track was something I wanted to be a part of in my working life. There’s nothing better than presenting all codes of racing to RSN listeners and delivering punters the latest market moves to help them in the never-ending quest to back a winner. Away from the track, I’m a supporter of the mighty Demons, and I’m waiting patiently for their next AFL flag. My favourite code is thoroughbred racing, and you can catch me weekday afternoons, live on RSN Racing and Sport”.
Cricket commentator. Prolific sporting author
“I guess you could call me the ultimate cricket tragic. I play, write and commentate about the game and I’m currently authoring my 66th book – that tally includes more than 40 on cricket. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Freier, once asked me, 'And what do you do, Ken?'
'Well, your Holiness,’ I said, “I've just finished a book!'
'Good,' he said. 'You should read another.'
I must admit, the MCG has been a home away from home for me. I love all 3 brands of the game and say so most days on RSN Breakfast with Chrissso and McGuane, with Andrew Kuuse at weekends and on facebook."
Metro Late Mail specialist.
“It was Bill Collins and Roy Higgins who made an impression on me during the seventies when the dial on the family radio every Saturday afternoon found its way to the racing stations. While most of my generation had pictures of movie stars or pop stars adorning their bedroom walls, mine featured horses, the calibre of Leilani, Unaware, and one of my all time favourites, Family Of Man. Since 1984 I’ve had a professional involvement in the great sport of racing.”
Host of On The Punt and Correct Weight. Racing journalist.
“I first went to the track in 1982. I begged Mum and Dad to take me to the Cox Plate. The King won his third and Manikato smashed the million. I was hooked! Still am. The things that first lured me in - those beautiful horses, the sights, sounds and smells of the track still do it for me. I hope that ‘love of the game’ resonates with listeners who tune into On The Punt and Correct Weight over their racing weekend. My on-air philosophy? Have a laugh, call it straight, find a winner."
Breakfast Host. Premiership player. Racehorse owner.
“I’m now in my ninth year hosting RSN Breakfast. And it’s great to be back with my former Premiership teammate, Mick McGuane. I love sport, whether it’s football, cricket, golf, tennis, soccer, athletics, or even something obscure. My passion is the thoroughbred. I breed and race them, and nothing comes close to breeding or racing a winner. I grew up with harness racing - Dad was the course electrician at the local Busselton Trotting Club. That was in the era of Pure Steel, Satinover, San Simeon, and the list goes on. My tip : if you like sport then we’ll cover it all….we’ll speak to the stars, have an opinion and ask for your say, on RSN Breakfast, with Chrisso and McGuane”.
Breakfast host. Premiership footballer. Total racing fan
“Talking sport is in my veins, and racing is my passion, whether it’s the AFL, cricket, tennis, soccer, boxing…or all three racing codes. Every morning we’ll be talking with the big names and the winners galore, we’ll debate the day’s big sporting issues, and we’ll let you have your say, too. We’re going to have a lot of fun for Breakfast on RSN, with Chrisso and McGuane”.
“Winners” host. South Australia form expert.
“Bitten by the racing bug at the age of 13, I used to follow my uncle, a professional punter, around at the races. I was intrigued by race analysis. With a liking for figures, I once had my heart set on becoming an accountant, studying Commerce at University in Adelaide. That was before my career went off on a severe tangent, starting in radio as a form analyst at the age of 18. My love of racing has taken me from Adelaide to Sydney and now to my new home of Melbourne. During my trek around the country I have worked in television, radio and print media, having hosted flagship Saturday morning programs in both Adelaide and Sydney. With my knowledge of the analytical elements of form, I bring this valuable insight to RSN's Winners program to help punters find a winner each weekday from 10am-1pm.”
Racing reporter. Brisbane On-Line presenter.
“I’ve had the racing bug from the time I could walk, attending country races in Queensland with my grandfather. He was actually the local racecaller, and I propped beside him with a custom-made stand and my very own tiny binoculars. I chased a career in racing, studying Sports Journalism at University, while taking a part time role as a Stipendiary Steward in the ACT.
I’ve spent eight years editing Turf Monthly, and been named Australia's Young Thoroughbred Journalist of the Year. Later I became breeding writer and form analyst for Racing And Sports, and in 2010 I was appointed to the Racing Desk of Brisbane’s Courier Mail. Racing is my life, but I genuinely fear for its long term future. That's why I am devoted to being as much a part of the industry as possible, in order to spread the word to a wider audience on what this wonderful sport has to offer.”
Member of The Ego Hour and Winners’ Friday Panel.
“I’ve spent a lifetime in and around horseracing. I grew up in Caulfield, and while most kids did paper rounds to earn a bit of pocket money, I mucked out boxes. Some might say that instead of picking it up, I now talk it! I started in the media through a community radio show in the early nineties where the “Racetrack” moniker was born, and my first commercial gig was on Triple M’s top-rating Saturday morning sports show ‘The Grill Team’.
One of the first things that host Eddie McGuire said to me was, ‘think everyone listening couldn’t care less about racing. Make what you say interesting to them and everyone’s happy.’ That early lesson really resonated, as it made me aware that racing’s strength can occasionally be its weakness. The ‘track & form speak’ that we all lapse into from time to time can be so confusing to an outsider, that it potentially puts them off getting more involved with this great sport. I’ve always tried to explain racing to those not intimately involved, and perhaps conversely now that I’m on a hard-core industry show like Racing Ahead, I’m often challenging racing administrators and participants as an outsider looking in. I spent nine years at Channel 9’s ‘The Footy Show’, and the ‘Sunday Footy Show’.
In radio I’ve been fortunate enough to win awards for racing coverage at five different Melbourne stations. I think I bring to RSN my research, passion, cynicism and fearless opinions.”
Markets and form analyst. Veteran racing reporter.
“I started as a cadet journalist with the notorious Truth newspaper before I’d turned 16. Truth was considered a scandal sheet, but it had the reputation of having the best form guide in Melbourne, and I was one of the form boys under Racing Editor, Ron Taylor. I then worked as a racing journalist with all the major Melbourne newspapers until I was appointed Chief Racing Writer for the Melbourne Herald in 1986, replacing the late Jack Elliott on his retirement. When the Herald closed in 1990 I went into business for myself, and since then one of my roles has been to present racing previews for RSN. It’s been a great life, and a real pleasure to meet the people in racing and to watch champion horses while you work. When racing gets into your blood, well, you never tire of it.”
Living legend. Strong-minded. Sydney correspondent
“My role is pretty simple, to bring the sporting news and perspective from Harbour City. Sometimes I’ll add my constructive criticism, and all the time I’ll be swatting away the rev-ups that Chrisso and Mick deal out. It’s great fun to be able to communicate with you southern cousins this way. Personally, I love all sports, but in my 45-year career I’m best known for calling Rugby league, swimming and horseracing.”
Racecaller. Country racing and jumps racing specialist.
“I’ve broadcast every sport in my 23 years of professional calling. But racing has always been my love, ever since I was calling events with Lego horses when I was four. I love all the codes, I understand the punt, and I know what the fans, owners and sponsors go racing for. It’s my job to make country racing and jumps racing calls as exciting, colourful, entertaining and as passionate as I can without losing the accuracy you need from the racecaller when you have had a wager with your hard-earned.”
Sports news man. Executive Producer RSN Breakfast
I was into all sports as a youngster, growing up as the son of a sport photographer and mad golfer. I loved hearing dad's stories of beaten favorites at the track. My other interest as a kid was radio. I followed that dream to Broken Hill and spent five wonderful years in the outback reporting on all the local sport, including the famous St.Pat's race meeting, and the Saturday night harness racing at Memorial Paceway. Then it was back to Melbourne, joining RSN as Producer of the Breakfast Show, where I’m uncovering stories and tracking down guests, in racing and all sorts of sports.
Globe-trotting. Sports-mad. Honorary Aussie.
“I’ve covered everything, from the Kentucky Derby and the Arc, to soccer's World Cup, the Olympics and the Super Bowl. But of the thousands of sporting events I’ve witnessed, one from November 2005 is among the great thrills of my life – that was being at Flemington to see Makybe Diva win her third Melbourne Cup. Just two weeks later in Sydney I saw the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup. I was a Yank living in Australia at the time, and saw how exhilarating sport can be for an entire nation. Now based in New York City, I enjoy interviewing Aussie competitors based in the US about their sporting passions and sharing those stories with our listeners.”
Racecaller. Greyhound ambassador.
“I was introduced to racing by my parents at the tender age of seven. Some families went on drives in the country – we spent Saturdays at the races, rain, hail or shine. And, listening to legends like Bill Collins, Bert Bryant and Joe Brown, I knew I had to become a racecaller. Just as Greg Miles calls the gallopers’ Melbourne Cup, I consider calling greyhound racing’s Australian Cup, Melbourne Cup and Topgun the absolute pinnacle of the sport. I’ve now been at the helm for 29 years, and today I love seeing the amazing growth in greyhound racing’s popularity and stature. It’s going absolutely ‘gangbusters’.”
Soccer correspondent. UK and Euro expert.
“I’m a former professional footballer, with over 18 years in the professional game, with Arsenal, Cheltenham, and in Hong Kong. I’m now Academy Manager at Cheltenham Town F.C., and also a BBC Radio and Press Association match summariser for Birmingham City , Reading , Cardiff , Oxford and Swindon. My job is to keep Aussie football fans in touch with the news and results from my side of the world”.
Host of 'Racing Ahead' & 'The Thoroughbred'. International Racing Expert.
“I have followed racing passionately all of my life, driven first by my love of the animal, then the competition of the race, and finally by an ever evolving fascination of the punt. The racing industry, no matter which code you focus on - thoroughbred, harness or greyhound, has so many stories to tell and many more issues to debate. I want to give you as much knowledge as possible, in a balanced format, which will allow you to take a position on any racing issue. You will discover this the moment that you tune into Racing Ahead.
The racing industry is going through a critical time as it fights competition in the sports and entertainment sphere. I want to help it reconnect with its fan base. All through the week, you will be encouraged to be involved in the discussion. Tweet, SMS or email me.
Adding to the coverage, Alf Matthews and Ralph Horowitz will join me for The Ego Hour every Monday to push the boundaries, and Michael Sharkie will join me on Wednesdays to tackle big industry issues. You'll also hear from the key players - the participants and administrators - throughout the week to keep you ahead of the game, whether here in Australia or internationally. On Sundays, The Thoroughbred will give you a look at the industry from the owners and breeders perspective.”
Racecaller. Passionate racing man. TV host.
“I’ve called races most of my life. When you have passion, and a genuine love of every facet of the Sport Of Kings, you get rewards that other careers just can't match. Racing should be exciting - a bit over the top. Calling lets you paint your own canvas and make it a piece of art. It’s raw, it’s off the cuff, it creates a rollercoaster of emotions. It is my calling.”
Trackman. Form analyst.
“I've been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. What got me hooked was cheering on Champions like Saintly, Better Loosen Up, Red Anchor and Bonecrusher. Not many people get the chance to work in an industry they’re so passionate about, and my role as a form analyst and trackwork reporter could be described as my dream job. Twenty years as a regular at Flemington trackwork has given me a ton of great memories and insights into racing and its personalities. Managing jockeys Steven Arnold and Peter Mertens has been a rewarding experience.“